RUTLAND, Vt. – The Castleton University men's golf team converted its first-round lead into a victory Sunday afternoon, claiming the top spot at the Castleton Invitational for the third straight year.
The Spartans finished with a two-day team score of 650, carding totals of 324 and 326 to hold on for the victory. Elms College made it a battle, finishing in second place just six strokes behind Castleton. Western Connecticut finished third at 680, followed by Northern Vermont University-Johnson (692) and Gordon College (743).
Nicholas Ojala claimed individual medalist honors after firing a final-round 72 (+2) to finish with a total of 151. He bested the field by nine strokes, leading all players with 21 pars on the tournament while adding in four birdies. Jacob Erwin placed third after shooting 79-82 (161). Erwin carded 20 pars over two days with a pair of birdies. Tom Kingsley finished in a three-way tie for sixth place at 164 after posting rounds of 81 and 83. Kingsley made three birdies on the weekend. Tripp Norris carded an 89 on day two, helping seal the win for the Spartans. A.J. Tatton rounded out the scorers for Castleton, shooting 85-93 (178).
NVU-Johnson's Kaden Swett finished second individualy with rounds of 80-80 (160), while teammate Austin Walters and Elms' Frankie Murray finished in a tie for fourth at 163.
The Spartans return to action on Tuesday at the MCLA Trailblazer Invitational at Berkshire Hills Golf Course in Pittsfield, Mass.